Representatives from all over the world meet at St. Lucia to discuss Integrated Water Resource Management

Water, land and other resources in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) worldwide are under increasing pressure from development and natural disasters. Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), an approach which calls for all stakeholders and various sectors to come together to make decisions and plan, is being adopted by more and more Caribbean countries.

A Workshop to review draft Global Guidelines for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Planning for SIDS will take place from 24 to 26 August, 2010 at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

It is being organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Environment Facility-funded Integrating Watersheds and Coastal Areas Management (GEF-IWCAM) Project.

The workshop also provides a forum for participants from the Caribbean, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific to exchange information and experiences in IWRM. It will also identify what needs to be done to accelerate the implementation of IWRM in SIDS. Countries being represented at the workshop include Cape Verde, Comoros, Fiji, Mauritius, Maldives, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, and the Solomon Islands.Source: VP The Voice, 21 August 2010

IWRM Planning has many benefits to the environment, agriculture, water supply provision and sanitation. It can, in the face of competition for scarce resources, help to prioritize problems, give greater access to financial and technical assistance, and provide a comprehensive framework for action.

Following this Workshop it is expected that broadly endorsed global IWRM guidelines will be disseminated during the meeting of the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI) + 5 within the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly, scheduled for September 2010 in New York.


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